The Big Happy Planner has my heart. It always has since the time I started planning…..
A few years ago when I stepped into the planning world, I purchased a Big Happy Planner not knowing what I was getting. It is even the reason Craft Penguin Planner came about! If you want the whole story behind it, read our About section. At that time, it was the only planner I used for everything shop and home related.
Fast forward 2.5 years…. now I use 5 planners daily! My Big Happy Planner is just my shop planner (we’ll get back to this in a little bit), my Erin Condren is my personal stuff planner, my B6 is used to keep track of my Admin duties for The Planners Collaborative (TPC), my Hobonichi weeks is my fitness/health planner, and I also use a pocket TN for pain tracking.
For my personal life stuff I have jumped around from being in my Big HP to a Mini HP, a Mini Recollections, B6 TN, and now the EC. I’m finally happy where it is, so I definitely plan to go back into another EC for 2020 for my personal life stuff. I thought I was happy in the B6 until I tried the EC and now I don’t think I’ll turn back from that. I never thought I’d like the EC, but the truth is, I’ve fallen in love with it!
When I became an Admin of TPC, I placed those duties inside the Big HP. I mean, it is shop related, right? The problem came down to the fact that it felt cramped into 1 box (despite the size of the Big HP) and I needed the info in a more portable fashion so no matter whether I was in the living room designing in my recliner, or working in my office, the planner was nearby and I could see what is needed. So the B6 has absolutely been the perfect solution for that. I am pretty confident I’m going to keep it there because I really like how it is functioning for me!
Next comes the Fitness/health planner…. I haven’t stayed in any one planner for this very long either. Like everything else, that started in my Big HP when it held everything. Then I moved it to a Classic HP, to a Classic HP fitness planner, to a B6 TN insert (a different weekly layout than what I use for everything else), and now finally am in the Hobonichi Weeks. I haven’t always tracked much in the way of my fitness either. So you’re looking at a year and a half- ish that I’ve gone through all of these. I just could never find the right layout. Nothing seemed to work the way I needed it to. The Hobonichi I’ve been in the longest (since March) and I’m actually finding the layout is working well for me! All of the other planners were vertical layouts and apparently it is a horizontal I need for my fitness/health stuff. Now my problem comes in with the Hobo. I love the layout, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t like the planner. The paper drives me crazy. And the fact that it is getting so thick with the stickers now is beginning to concern me. So, for 2020 I will not be staying in the Hobo despite it actually working. Instead, I’m planning to switch to a B6 TN insert in the same layout. This way I can get the best of both worlds- the layout and a better paper!
I’ll keep using my Pocket TN for pain tracking like I have since I began that, so no change there either.
Now we come to where my heart aches and I’m struggling HARD…. the Big Happy Planner…..
I LOVE my Big Happy Planner! I have always loved the space it has. I once fit 2 shops worth of information into it (again, read our About section for more details). It has been a planner that has changed how I lay things out and use functionally over the past few years. I no longer have 2 shops, no longer participate in the auction groups I did for so long, and haven’t been keeping up with this blog the way I had hoped or planned. So now the way I currently use this planner, I am finding I have too much space, which is something I never thought I’d even say.
So here’s where I have to make a decision for 2020. Do I keep the Big HP and deal with the fact that I’m not utilizing the space? Or do I move into something smaller like a Classic HP or EC?
There is a 3rd option too…. if I were to keep up with this blog more I could potentially fill the unused space (at least in part) and I’d feel better about staying in it. But to do so, I need ideas. Something I can keep up with each week that you would like to read. If i kickstart this blog again and nobody reads it then I’d be back in the same situation.
This is where I need your help! The Big HP has my heart and I really am struggling with whether or not it is worth staying in one for next year. Deep in my heart I want to keep it, but I know it isn’t practical unless I fill the space. So, share your thoughts below! Keep it and get the blog going again to fill the space or move to something smaller? Got blog ideas for me? I’m open to suggestions! I’ve honestly wanted to get this going again, but haven’t had solid ideas of what to blog about for a while now so I apologize for leaving you hanging. I do value your opinions so please, please comment below!
And if you stuck it out and read this all the way to the end, thank you! 💜 Feel free to also share what planner(s) you’ll be using for next year!